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Secondary School Outreach Program


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Secondary School Outreach Program
About the Program

Each year our Secondary School Outreach program offers 120 secondary school students free access to a unique arts education opportunity in a professional theatre environment. The focus of the program is on theatre arts career opportunities, as well as developing an awareness of aspects of the professional theatre industry. To each of our MainStage shows, we invite 30 students to spend two days at Gateway Theatre, during which they learn about careers in professional theatre, production processes, artistic choices, and the social lessons that theatre brings to light. Students participate in a range of engaging activities over their two visits:

Day 1
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Gateway Theatre facility
  • Q&A session with Gateway's artistic leadership and Administration Staff
  • Curriculum-linked workshop led by the Education Department in which students engage in discussions and hands-on activities that are connected to the content and themes of the corresponding Signature Series production.

Day 2

  • Complimentary matinee performance
  • Talkback with Cast and Creative team and/or Education Team

For information:

Ruth McIntosh, Education Manager

Education Department, Gateway Theatre

604-247-4975 /


“it gave me more insight to what goes on behind the curtains which gave me a different perspective when I watched the play.”

-Cambie Secondary Student

“I learned that there was a lot of work put into a production before the actors even got the script."

-Cambie Secondary Student

“For me there really wasn’t a main takeaway from my time there primarily because there were numerous things to be learnt. For instance the Q&A between the director, as well as the various positions, had informed me, and I assure my classmates, of the tasks that go along with each role and how each person’s job is crucial in such a grand production. From my view, this was extremely helpful particularly because being involved in the school play, the advice and tips given during the Q&A I believe could be applied and integrated into our own production for future reference in case we encounter a bump along the road (which every play in the making will). Furthermore, I had found the tour of stage to be quite eye-opening in that it goes to show how every position, big or small, is needed in order to create a well-organized environment. When people think [of] theatre, they mainly think of acting or directing when in reality there are many more components that go along with it. From the sets to the lights, every person involved has a specific duty which goes to show how no one is less than one another…All in all, I would like to thank Gateway for opening its doors and inviting A.R. MacNeill ….”   

-A.R MacNeill Seondary Student

“The actors… gave us really valuable advice. I’ve learned new things and different points of views on other acting techniques. I made a promise to my friend to make sure we follow the techniques they used for our own play.”

-Richmond Secondary Student

“The greatest impact of the program [for me] was the tour and talkback. Being able to see different types of people being able to work together in unity is amazing.”

-Richmond Secondary Student

Ruth McIntosh
Education Manager